Their hands can save lives

Thursday 17th October 2013 – 10.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

46 people in Telford have been taught how to help save the life of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

On Wednesday, October 16th, the inaugural ‘European Restart a Heart Day’ was marked at the headquarters of SP Services where trainers from West Midlands Ambulance Service gave free public courses in CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation).

The European Resuscitation Council believes with more people learning the techniques, 100,000 lives could be saved each year across Europe.

Antoinette Cox (pictured below) was one of the visitors to SP Services. She explained her husband has had heart problems in the past.

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She said: “I roughly knew what to do although I’ve never had somebody supervising me. I wanted to make sure that I could do it. I feel very secure now. I know if somebody else needs my help, I know exactly what to do. I would have the confidence now to get their heart started.”

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Above: Antoinette Cox pictured with her training certificate.

Malcolm Price, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Commercial Services Development Manager said: “Everyone really enjoyed it. We trained them in a light-hearted and engaging way to improve their confidence to carry out CPR should they have to. Thank-you to SP Services for providing the training venue.”

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Above: Jane Wilson, of SP Customer Services is taught CPR

By performing CPR you can do nothing wrong, the only thing that can be wrong is doing nothing.


Note to Editors:

Pictures are available for download from

More information is available from Paul Watts at SP Services (UK) on 07818592999

Ian Perry of BBC Radio Shropshire spoke to Paul Watts of SP Services. Listen here:

For more information on the Restart A Heart campaign visit


Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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